2020 Newbie Guide to Amazon Associates Program

how beginner bloggers can make money with amazon affiliate marketing

I believe that the amazon associates program should be where anyone wishing to dip their feet into online affiliate marketing should start.

Other than the ease to join the program, Amazon has a high reputation for quality products and so your readers are highly likely to make a purchase when you recommend products on the store.

It is also important to note that once you recommend products with your affiliate links, if the reader goes ahead to buy other products other than what you had recommended, you will get a commission on all products bought using your affiliate links.

Having said that,  I feel the Amazon Associates program is one of the legit ways to make money online without much investment and I have it listed here.

So how does one get into the amazon associates program?

 

It is very easy.

All you need is to go ahead and sign up at amazon associates program , fill in all the contact, website and payment details required and you are good to go.

Let us look at it step by step

  1. Go to Amazon associates program where you will click on the ‘join now for free’ button

 

2. Next you will be required to provide your name and email address

You might be asked to verify that email address with amazon sending you a six digit code to your email.

3. Fill in your Payee details

Here give  your exact address details

3. Tell Amazon what your site is

 

4. They will want to confirm that your site is not targeting kids below 13 years.

5. They will then ask you to write what your site is all about. Summarize what you do in your site. In my case I used a fictional ‘domain.com’ as my site and said that I blog about electronics. Then say how you wish to promote their products. You can check the SEO and Social media boxes.

This is the final detail that they will want from you as of now. You can opt to fill your tax and payment details later.

If you are a non-US, you will not pay any taxes and as such you need to indicate that you are not from the US.

For payments, you can also check how you can receive amazon earnings as a non US resident.

 

Personally, I use my blog to review and recommend products. While one can still use YouTube videos or even Facebook posts, I find using my WordPress blog as the most appropriate.

Steps to Earning through Amazon Associates using a WordPress Blog

So if you have opted for the WordPress blog option, read on.

Before even signing up into the program, you need to have a blog that is ranking for certain buyer keywords.

So the first thing is creating your blog and finding a niche to blog about.

  1. Find a Niche

Niches are fields or topics that feature on your blog posts.

I recommend brainstorming, looking around you or even stealing the niche from other blogs.

Niches can include baby products, clothes for pregnant women, bodybuilding products for men, electronics for students etc.

You can go through nichehacks which has a good number of suggested niches.

2. Keyword Analysis

Once you have a niche, you need to find easy to rank for keywords

I highly recommend using the KGR method by Doug Cunnington to do so.

Lets say that we found the niche ‘clothes for pregnant women’ as the easiest to blog about.

We have a passion for it and are sure to create high quality content around it.

For this blog purposes, will use keyword research tools such as Ubbersuggest to find the search volume per month.

So, in that niche, I want to create a blog post where I review the best panties for pregnant ladies.

So I will go ahead and plug into Ubbersuggest to find what the search volume per month is as well as the SEO difficulty.

Here we go.

My interest is in the search volume per month of 40 and the SEO difficulty of 36.

According to me, that is not too difficult and a search volume of 40 is still something.

Okay, let’s go to the SERPs and see who are ranking and what is their backlink profile like.

So the site that scooped the Google featured snippet happen sto be momlovesbest.com

But what is their backlink profile like according to Ahrefs.

 

Now they have a DR of 66 and over 5 backlinks pointing onto the page. Now while the DR is rather high, 5 backlinks does not look too high to beat.

So should we go ahead and create a page on ‘panties for pregnant women’.

Not yet.

We need to look through the site momlovesbest.com and see the topical relevance of the site towards clothes for pregnant women.

And well, they are topically relevant. Almost all their posts are about pregnancy clothes.

Also their page has over 3000 words. So if we were to beat them, we would need more high quality content, a stronger backlink profile and also topical relevance.

Keyword Research ain’t a walk in the park. You need to repeatedly try it till you get a good keyword.

If you find one which has a good search volume per month and the people blogging about it do not have topical relevance or have  a weak backlink profile, you can check whether it is KGR compliant.

KGR is a concept by Doug Cunnington where he says that if you find the ratio of the allintitle:keyword to the search volume per month to be less than 0.25, then you can be assured that you will easily rank for the keyword because not so many people are blogging around that.

For example we found our ‘panties for pregnant women’ to have a search volume of 40 people per month.

Now let us look for allintitle:panties for pregnant women on the Serps.

 

Now the blogs with the panties for pregnant women in their titles are about 1770

Now lets calculate the KGR compliance=allintitle/search volume per month

=1770/40

=44.25

So that is not KGR compliant.

We better avoid blogging about panties for pregnant women. It looks super competitive.

Disclaimer: Ubersuggest is not the best keyword research tool in the world. I only used it because it is free. I prefer ahrefs which you can get for $7 for one week

3. Create Content

Of course before even creating content, you would need to have a blog, right?

Well, I have written a guide on how you can easily do so at the cost of only $25.

Once you have your list of keywords, create high quality content on the same.

For buyer keywords, I make sure to create content that has a word count of between 1000 to 2500 words.

I would increase it if my competitors have more words than this.

Make sure to create good silos by interlinking.

Matt Diggity says that for every buyer review keyword post, you need to have 5 support posts that interlink to the content.

Say for example that you picked the keyword ‘panties for pregnant women’ as you main buyer keyword.

After creating about 2500 words on it that review say 10 panties, I would create 5 more posts that review 5 of the panties. The individual posts should link out to the main article.

4. Off Page SEO

When your on page seo is top-notch you can go ahead and start working on the off page.

My first backlinks will mostly be blog comments or press release links.

Once I have that done, I now concentrate on stronger backlinks such as white hat guest posts as well as pbns.

I give them time to make my primary keywords rank.

5. Sign up at Amazon

Once I start seeing signs of ranking through my search console, I go ahead and sign up on the amazon associates program and wait to start seeing the orders and earnings trickling in.

Amazon will approve or reject your account once you have had 3 orders on your account.

After approval, I go ahead to add more content, backlinks and conversion rate optimization hacks to make my revenue grow.

If I find that I am attracting traffic in other countries say UK, Canada and Australia, I will add genius link to benefit from revenue from those amazon stores.

At the same time, I may want to use amazon mobile popover ads for people who are reading my blog on their smartphone.

If I have good traffic (say over 10k pageviews) per month, I will install ezoic so as to earn ad revenue.

How I Finally Made Over $1000 in December Through Amazon Affiliate Program

Woo Hoo, I Finally Made $1000 through my Amazon Affiliate Blog!

Woo hoo, I finally made $1000 from my amazon affiliate niche site!

This happened in December 2019 as people bought holiday gifts for each other through my affiliate links.

And this made my Christmas!

It would be important to note that the blog was on autopilot.

From December 1st to 11th, I was at my 9 to 5 job and therefore did little to the blog.

From December 13th, I was in hospital after I sustained injuries in a road accident. So there were no activities that I was involved in other than checking the daily traffic and earnings.

It was truly on autopilot!

 

December Amazon Affiliate Program earnings
Here is the screenshot showing earnings in three different localities.

But I still made my $1000 passive income which was my dream goal the whole of 2019.

Genius link was really instrumental

You will note that some of the earnings came from Amazon Canada and Amazon UK. This is because I have localized links such that when you click on my affiliate links while you are in Canada, you will be taken to the amazon Canada store since it is the one near you.

I do this with genius link which is seamless and easy to use. Since I started using Genius link, I have seen over $50 increase in revenue.

Ezoic too played a role

Other than Amazon earnings, the blog was also able to close the month at $244 from Ezoic ad revenue. So in total, I made $1348 from the blog. Ezoic is a technology tool that uses machine learning to place my ads at optimal position so as to increase my ad impressions and revenue.

Though it makes the site slow, I do not regret using it since I would not have gotten this extra $244.

Blog age and traffic

Age of the blog and url

For security reasons, I cannot reveal the url of the blog lest I start getting hack attempts or competition from other people.

At the moment, the blog is just 3 months shy from 2 years. It has really changed my life and how I view things. My mindset has improved and I now believe that when I focus on something, give it my all, things are going to get better or I am going to gain immense knowledge from the experience. And I hope that in 2020, things will be even better than they were in 2019.

Keyword Research and traffic

My traffic has mostly been organic from Google search engine. All my articles are KGR compliant and I really thank Doug Cunnington for his awesome videos where he explains how to easily rank for low traffic, low competition keywords.  I receive an average of 15k to 26K visitors per month.

Towards the end of the year, I tried out pinterest traffic and even went ahead to sign up with tailwind which schedules posts on Pinterest. I however did not give myself time to learn how Pinterest works and so things did not pick up. In 2020 though, I plan to learn how Tailwind and Pinterest works so as to leverage on the traffic they provide.

amazon affiliate success story

Backlinks strategy

My backlinks strategy involved finding an expired domain that I redirected to the main blog, blog comments, pbn as well as white hat guest posts on niche related websites.

5 Key takeaways

  1. If other people are doing it, you too can do it if only you change your mindset. I started the niche site after reading inspiring success stories on Niche pursuits by Spencer Haws as well as Human Proof Designs by Dom Wells.
  2. Adopt a strategy to success. I read the book The Miracle Equation by Hal Elrod and decided to use his mantra. Hal says that success is nothing but a product of unwavering faith and extraordinary effort. That has really worked awesomely to my success story.
  3. Things are never going to be easy. But even if they do not work, learn from the process and start again. I had a men’s health blog in 2017 but it was hit by the popular medic update. I decided to learn from the process and start another site. Now see, I am rejoicing in my toils.
  4. Replicate the success. This year, I plan to start other two amazon affiliate niche sites and push them to success just like I did with this blog. This is because I have found Amazon Associates program to be a legit way to earn online.
  5. Impact others when you succeed. One of the resolutions that I have made in 2020 is to help other people learn and earn through blogging. And that is why I am here blogging my success story.

You can also read my Amazon success journey for the year 2019 and if you are really convinced that you too can make it, you shoudl probably start things here.

How I have earned over $7876 in 2019 Through the Amazon Associates Program

Amazon affiliate earnings 2019

My Amazon Associates Success Story in 2019

Today, I want to give my very own amazon affiliate success story of how I have made over $7000 from the Amazon associates program in 2019. Since we are not yet done with the year, I believe that I will surpass the $8000 mark before we can say goodbye to 2019.

I need to make a disclaimer: That I am not the best amazon affiliate marketer in my country, leave alone in my continent. There are other affiliate marketers earning more and crushing it bigger than I am doing.

But hey, I am proud to say that all my $7876 have been earned passively. I still hold my 8 to 5 job which I took in 2016 and do find time to crush it with passive online income.

It has not been an easy journey. I am looking forward to making it bigger in 2020 and open even more affiliate marketing sites.

So let’s get into the meat of the story.

2018: The Blog is Born

I started the site that has made $7876 in 2018. It is about one and a half years old. This was not my first site. It was my second; my first site was hit by the Google Medic update in 2017 and I gave up on it.

I however started making money on the site after 6 months since its inception. Over the 6 months, I invested lots of time writing content, creating foundation back-links and sharing the blog on all my social media forums.

It was a long six months with nothing coming into my pocket. But because I believed that I would one day see some good income, I was not about to give up. I had also seen other affiliate marketers in my country reap good money from the program. And so I was inspired.

And then some few bucks started trickling in. Then came some more.

Over this year, I have mostly been working on the conversion rate optimization of the site, geo targeting and of late, I have moved into monetization with ad revenue and things are really looking up.

Key takeaways

  • That niche selection and keyword research are the most important parts of affiliate marketing. You have to choose a niche that you are both interested in and at the same time, is easy to rank and start banking.
  • Content creation is the main thing you need to invest lots of time into. Every week, I make sure to upload at least one article on my blog.
  • Sourcing back-links need not be a tough job. No, you can do with a few editorial links from easy sources, blog comments, PBNs and Wikipedia links.
  • If you are looking to make the most out of your current traffic, think conversion rate optimization; you will never regret.

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Things that I could have done differently if I were starting another niche site today

  • Look out for high ticket products that sell at high prices on Amazon and therefore attract better commission rates
  • Start geo-targeting with geni.us links as quickly as possible since this has seen me earn 280 euros from UK and 175 Canadian dollars.

  • Start monetizing with ads as early as possible. Currently, I have made over $275 with Ezoic ads although I am barely two months using the program.

  • Outsource content writing as early as possible. For the better part of the year, I have not trusted writers to do good content for me. I have been a perfectionist. Currently though, I am outgrowing this trait and have a full time writer doing my content creation. All that is required is for me to guide them on what I want as well as the quality of work I expect from them.

Check out other legit ways to earn online here.

 

Increase your Amazon Associates Earning with Mobile Pop overs

Conversion rate Optimization (CRO) is all about small wins that are compounded to become big wins. Once I hit $700 per month in amazon earnings, I wondered what I was to do next so as to hit $1000 per month. And one of the small wins that I found out was using the mobile pop over. Another small win was localizing my affiliate links with Geni.us links which we have reviewed here.

In this post, I show you how to implement mobile pop over to increase your amazon associates earnings.

One thing that I learnt about Conversion rate optimization (CRO) is that it needs not be hard. In fact it can be as easy as changing your CTAs from blue to red, pulling in comparison tables with affiliate buttons for each of the products listed or it could be as easy as using the Amazon mobile pop over tool that recommends products on your site to the readers at the bottom of their smartphone as they scroll your page.

Increasing revenue on your site could also be as easy as starting earning ad revenue if your were not doing so. Monetizing my site with Ezoic ad revenue saw me finally hit $1000 per month. Localizing Amazon affiliate links with genius saw me on the other hand earn an extra $50 per month. Things need not be complicated.

And so as I was thinking of ways to better my revenue last month, I bumped into an Amazon recommendation to use mobile pop over.

How to Implement the Mobile Pop Overs on your amazon associates Site

 

You need to be an amazon associates. If so, login to Amazon associates central.

Go to your dashboard and click on the Product linking tab and then click on the mobile pop over. You will be given a script to insert in your wordpress site. Copy it and paste on your site theme editor at footer.php just before the </body> html tag.

Product Linking tab on Amazon Associates Dashboard

 

The Mobile pop over feature

In my case, I used a new affiliate code so as to track the performance of the coe. And believe you me, the next day, I found a click and an order.

Unfortunately, I had to remove the script since I then got accepted into Ezoic and sicne Ezoic displays Google adsense ads even at the bottom of your pages, the mobile pop over would have created a conflict.

It is however a surefire way to increase your affiliate earnings. Try it and tell me what you find out.

 

You can see other ways to make money online here

 

It is such small wins that enable me post this amazon affiliate success story.

How I Increased my Amazon Associates Earnings by $50 per month Using Geni.us Link

Genius Link Review

If you are an affiliate marketer with Amazon, you must be looking for ways to increase your revenue, aren’t we looking for ways to increase our income?

But I am sure you know that increasing revenue is not that easy. Maybe you feel that increasing revenue also means getting more people visiting your site. And we all know how that goes; it involves having better SEO, more content and back links.

And that requires you to put in a lot of work, right?

Genius helped me earn the UK and Canada affiliate income

Well, one effortless way that I found out was inserting the genius link plugin and letting it localize my links so that I couln start earning revenue from Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany and Amazon Australia.

And that is not all.

With the tool, you can earn from many more countries.

Amazon has stores in about nine countries which you should join since you might have visitors in those countries. Below, I list the links where you can join them

Now with the genius link, you can have visitors redirected to all those stores depending on their device ip address. The tool checks their ip and redirects them to the Amazon store that is most convenient.

It is a sure universal amazon affiliate link!

Well, I did use it and saw at least an increase of $50 in my monthly Amazon associates earnings. Not so high but again, not bad because the subscription cost for Genius link is a measly $10. So every month, I am getting a profit of $40.

It might seem small but it is still something to me.

What are the requirements to start localizing your Amazon links with Genius plugin

  1. Actually the only requirement is that you are an amazon affiliate marketer with any of their stores. If so, you can then go ahead to localize the links so that you start redirecting your readers to their respective amazon stores.
  2. You should have signed up as an associates with all the stores where you wish to localize your links. If for example you are an affiliate with Amazon.com and want to send your UK readers to Amazon.co.uk, then you will need to sign up as an associate with Amazon UK.
  3. Installing the genius plugin( it is also called amazon link engine), activating it as well as giving it your associate API.

Benefits of Having Genius Link

  • Localize your Amazon links: After installing Genius link, I found out that I was leaving a lot of money on the table. I was surprised that on those months that I earned over $500 from Amazon US, I must have been leaving from $50 to $100 from Amazon UK, CA and Australia.
  • Better your reader experience: I figured out that if someone was in the UK and wanted a review of a beard shaver on my site but found out that I was directing them to Amazon.com instead of Amazon.co.uk, they were going to be pissed off and were not likely to visit my site again. With Genius link though, you will direct them to the store that is appropriate for them based on their ip address.
  • Know the amount of links you are getting from individual countries: After signing up on Genius Link, I was provided with a dashboard which had statistics of the clicks I was getting as well as where they were coming from. This was good as it showed me which other country to sign up for as an affiliate with Amazon.

clicks by country

  • It informed me of the products that were out of stock as well as my broken links: This way, I was able to better my user experience as well as replace the broken links or change products which were out of stock.

amazon affiliate link health

  • Geni.us link has a 14 day free trial: During this period, I had already seen revenue of over $20 and so I stuck with it since it had showed positive results.

Geni.us link 14 days trial

  • Awesome customer support: There was this one month when there were no funds on my credit card. Isaac of Genius link was very understanding and even went ahead to come up with a good payment plan for me. See it here on email.

  • Recommended countries where I need to sign up with Amazon as their affiliate. They for example in the picture below recommend that I sign up with Amazon associates India since am receiving a good amount of clicks from there.

recommendation to join amazon associate india

 

How to Install Geni.us Link On your Site

Installing Geni.us link proved to be an easy thing since all I needed to do is:

1. Sign up for the account

2. Provide my credit card details,

3. Install the geni.us plugin on your site. You can also get it here where it is called amazon link engine wordpress plugin.

4. Generate the Geni.us API and intergrate on your site

5. Put down your Amazon  affiliate tracking codes and I was done.

After a day or two, Genius started showing clicks and my UK, CA and Australia accounts started showing revenue.

Other than using geni.us link affiliates can also increase their earning through the mobile pop over or try out ad revenue with ezoic.

Comparing Genius to Amazon Onelink

Before installing Geni.us link, I had tried Onelink which is a free tool by Amazon.

Installing Onelink is pretty easy since you just need to go to your Amazon associates Central page and click on the tools tab. Then click on Onelink.

amazon onelink

You will then be asked to link your accounts, meaning that you will have gone to the individual universal affiliate programs and applied to get affiliate codes.

Then you will be supplied some code to put in your theme editor.

This video demonstrates this so well

 

Anyway, I started out with Onelink because, well it was free.

The truth is that I was more than disappointed because Amazon Onelink seemed not to be localizing my links really well.

I also saw a small conversion rate and because I was out there to improve my earnings, I removed the onelink script and went ahead to try the geni.us link free trial.

I was really amazed with what it did.

Within the 14 days trial, it had already given  me an extra $20 and so, I decided to keep it.

Wrap Up on Genius Link

Sign up for the genius link 14 days trial here

Other than localizing my links and giving me an additional $50 per month, I found out that there actually exists an affiliate program by genius link so that you will be earning some referral commission for having more people signing up and using the tool.

Anyway, that said, the tool has helped me extensively and I am happy that it enabled me post my amazon associate success story.

You can also see other ways to make money online here.

 

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